Lot 202

Hershey 2023

1935 Ford Model 48 DeLuxe Phaeton

Offered from the Grand Canyon Collection


$28,600 USD | Sold

United States Flag | Hershey, Pennsylvania



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  • Recipient of an older frame-off restoration
  • One of only 6,073 DeLuxe Phaetons produced for 1935
  • Finished in Slate Green over brown with a tan canvas top
  • Powered by Ford’s familiar 90-degree L-head V-8 engine
  • From the estate of well-regarded American classic car collector Conrad Fletcher

The Ford Model 48 replaced the Model 40 for the 1935 model year. Although the 112-inch wheelbase remained, styling was updated with a lower, more streamlined appearance. A narrower radiator grille eschewed the previous V-shaped base and featured four horizontal bars, echoed in the new trio of chromed stripes that cut across the hood louvers. The windshield was more raked, and the cowl lamps disappeared in favor of parking lamps integrated into the headlights, whose shells were now body colored. Significantly, the Model 48 was the first Ford offered with a built-in trunk, and all variants now featured front-hinged doors. The inline four-cylinder engine was discontinued, leaving the 221 cubic-inch 90-degree L-head V-8 carried over from the Model 40 as the only engine. It was paired with the familiar three-speed, sliding-gear transmission also found on previous models. Of the 15 different body styles offered on the Model 48, the DeLuxe Phaeton was among the rarest, with only 6,073 produced for 1935. Ford replaced the Model 48 with the Model 68 for 1936.

This DeLuxe Phaeton has benefitted from an older frame-off restoration and is handsomely finished in Slate Green over brown upholstery with a tan canvas top, an impactful but subdued combination that is especially pleasing. External details unique to DeLuxe models include brightwork on the windshield and grille, dual exposed horns, and twin taillights, all finished with immense luster on this example. Inside the four-passenger interior, the DeLuxe model’s characteristic bright trim cascades down the center of the painted dash. The car rides on wide whitewall tires mounted to apple green painted wire wheels with chrome trim rings and hubcaps. The Ford will be accompanied by a brochure, instruction book, and accessories catalog.

Well persevered over the years following a restoration performed to correct factory standards, this lovely Model 48 DeLuxe Phaeton’s handsome color scheme and fine detailing make it a superb candidate for touring, where it will surely inspire pride in its next owner while enjoying the drive.